Windows 8 RTM System Requirements

Today August 15th, 2012, Microsoft releases the RTM version of Windows 8 for MSDN and TechNet subscribers along with an evaluation version of Windows 8 Enterprise to early adopters and developers; if you want to give a try and not sure about minimum system requirements then this blog post helps you to determine whether your existing PC is capable to install it or not.

Microsoft has kept its promise that Windows 8 won’t require any more hardware than Windows 7. Grant George, Corporate VC of Windows Test repeats on Bulding Windows 8 blog what Microsoft has said in the past. So Windows 8 RTM works great on the same hardware that powers Windows Vista and Windows 7:

  • 1 GHz or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
  • 1 GB RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
  • 16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
  • DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver
  • Taking advantage of touch input requires a screen that supports multi-touch

Got all… Then you can download the Windows 8 RTM and experience first-hand the beautiful, fast and fluid experience.

  • Mobin Naim

    i m running windows 7 but windows 8 wouldn’t install. massage showed : can not meet system requirement

  • SHan Rocking

    hey guyz help me plzz,

    i have 2 gb ram , 500 gb hard disk , processor is dual core , and p4 ,for dis requirement i can install w-8 and will it work fullaly , reply me plzzz

  • Abdallah Freeman

    thank you microsoft

  • Chief Chomper

    The new requirement in RP that checks for PAE and NX instruction support means that almost all Pentium 4-class processors (socket 478 vintage) won’t even be able to run setup!
    I don’t think this fits the definition of ‘won’t require any new hardware’…

  • Daniel

    I can say that everything works great other then the default metro apps. Like I can use IE but from desktop launch not the metro area. control panel, desktop does launch from the metro area. all drivers workd find, but the audio drivers did not install correct. I had to use windows 7 realtek HD drivers. I also noticed unlike windows 7 you can not install programs on to the sd card. Windows 7 you could. I do like how flash player works in ie unlike in windows 7 it was so laggy and buggy. My atom N455 loads facebook apps up very quick unlike windows 7 they would never load. I can also watch flash video’s with out any problems in windows 8. It would be nice if you did not have to log out then turn the tablet off. that seems to be 1 too many steps. The install on my tablet is just over 13 gb’s. It would be nice if that was about 4 gb’s less.

  • Daniel

    The one thing they left out is a screen must be atleast 1024 x 768. my 1024×600 touch pad screen works but the metro apps will not launch due to the size. it says I need to increase my screen res. I would if I could. My screen is multi touch 10.1 inch

  • Dennyissupercool

    select a different video codec

  • 4dapd

    installed Win 8 on Oracle VBOX, trying it on VMWARE.  

  • farha

    hey i just tried to install windows 8 developers preview. It started well but after copying files it restarted and prompted to choose the default os as i already had win 7 on other partition.After i selected win7 as default os it restarted and i chose to boot win dev preview to complete the installation process but after booting properly it showed a message “your hardware not supported. well i have a PC with core2duo , 3gb ram, nvidia graphics 1gb and zotac g31 motherboard . what could be the problem? if any one can figure it out i ll be thankful

    • Ramesh

      Did you complete Windows 8 installation? And what happened after message?

  • Developer

    Wait for the full version to be release in year 2012..

  • Developer

    it is because win 8 is just a PREVIEW! and not yet FULLY RELEASED IN FULL VERSION!

  • flakefrost

    i hope microsoft don’t limit windows 8 installations based on hardware configurations… if people install a copy on slow hardware, then so be it :)

  • Champ

    Same here…
    In my Lenovo R61 laptop I installed windows 8
    But the VLC and KMP player are playing videos in a very slow manner.

  • AHS0

    Hi Ramesh, I just come across to your blog post. I just installed Win8DP on my TOSHIBA Tecra A8-S8513 NoteBook, in which I have installed Win7 before, over its XP Pro.

    I then installed VLC Player, but playing videos on both VLC and Windows Media Player is really slow. What’s your idea about it?
    Windows 7 was just fast in my laptop, and I really didn’t expect it makes playing videos slow. Everything else seems fine, and I just notice a little bit of slowness when using certain functions in Windows Explore, for instance in ribbon, enabling to show/hide hidden files.

    FYI: Didn’t install heavy apps in my laptop, just Firefox 8.1, latest CCleaner, latest stable Flashplayer for Firefox, VLC Player, latest IDM.

    Thanks for sharing your wisdom.

  • Jesse

    Does anyone know if it will be possible to run Win 8 on a machine that does not have DX8?

    • surace

      yes its possible!!!!! .